Tetra Pak is testing a fibre-based barrier to replace the aluminium layer in its cartons for improved recyclability and carbon neutrality.
In the third article of three on plastic – its wonders, its problems and solutions - provocative SA journalist, Ivo Vegter, believes recycling is a scam and the solutions are mostly simple. Very interesting and sensible reading….time to get real, folks!
Provocative SA journalist, Ivo Vegter, several times winner of the SAAFoST Journalism Award, has penned three refreshing articles on plastic - its wonders, its problems and solutions. Here is the second article in the series. Very interesting reading....
This website loves contrarian views from the accepted wisdom of the day. Contrarian SA journalist, Ivo Vegter, several times winner of the SAAFoST Journalism Award, has penned this refreshing take on plastic, the first article of three on magnificent plastic's immense benefits and how we can better dispose of it.
The return of live trade shows will provide a much-needed business impetus in the wake of the pandemic. The Propak Africa Expo makes a welcome return in March.
After two years of being curtailed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the exhibitions industry is successfully re-opening globally and Africa’s most progressive packaging, food processing, plastics, printing and labelling trade exhibition, Propak Africa, will be taking place from 8-11 March, at the Expo Centre, Nasrec in Johannesburg.
Global glass and metal packaging supplier Ardagh Group intends to acquire 100% of the ordinary shares of South African glass manufacturer Consol Holdings for R10.1-billion.
South Africa’s packaging industry demonstrated incredible resilience in the face of the country’s imposition of national lockdowns during 2020, with volume recovery in the sector tipped to reach pre-lockdown levels by the end of 2021 for selected markets.
Woolworths has advanced its sustainability goals by ensuring that the label and adhesive from its PET packaging are cleanly removed during recycling - a solution supplied by Rotolabel.
The Ferrero Group has announced that its Ferrero Rocher chocolate range will have a recyclable box, as part of its commitment to making 100% of its packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.
It was a stroke of luck. Researchers at Wageningen Food & Biobased Research in Holland were working on a film with high barrier properties, but when tested, the material they had developed proved as leaky as a sieve - a fortunate outcome.
When consumers see the ubiquitous 2.5kg maize meal bags on supermarket shelves and in their homes, many may not know the fascinating journey this packaging has made over the years.
British scientists have found that plasma technology can cut sterilisation times down by up to 93% compared to traditional methods - potentially saving manufacturers significant time with this process.
In an interesting development in the race to limit plastic packaging, SA/global group Mondi has unveiled new, lightweight Advantage StretchWrap paper, a paper solution for end-of-line pallet wrapping.
Amid the growing plastic waste crisis, producers of polyhydroxyalkanoate think a changed world is ready for their biodegradable polymers, but others have doubts.
Push & Dose is a new and savvy dosing innovation for the SA consumer market. Developed by Reitech, it offers optimal sprinkling of powdery and granulated products.
The packaging industry's collective mind was blown back in 2012 when researchers at MIT demonstrated a new coating that let ketchup slide right out of a bottle with ease. Nine years later, the technology, known as LiquiGlide, has finally found a mainstream consumer launch.
Woolworths has announced that an additional 50 stores plus two new stores will be single-use plastic shopping bag free by the end of April and has replaced plastic packaging with kraft packaging for popular ‘Ripe and Ready’ avocados which equates to an annual plastic saving of 35 - 40 tons.
As Extended Producer regulations loom in SA, leading SA packaging group, Polyoak, took the opportunity on Global Recycling Day (18 March 2021) to put its recycling credentials forward, both internally to employees and also to its market base.
Biodegradable plastic promises a plastic that breaks down into natural components when it’s no longer wanted for its original purpose. The idea of a plastic that literally disappears once in the ocean, littered on land or in landfill is tantalising — but also (at this stage) a pipe dream.